Burgess Bur"gess, n. [OE. burgeis, OF. burgeis, fr. burcfortified town, town, F. bourg village, fr. LL. burgus fort, city; from the German; cf. MHG. burc, G. burg. See 1st {Borough}, and cf. 2d {Bourgeois}.] 1. An inhabitant of a borough or walled town, or one who possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman of a borough. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Note: ``A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a city.'' --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

2. One who represents a borough in Parliament. [1913 Webster]

3. A magistrate of a borough. [1913 Webster]

4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for municipal officers. [1913 Webster]

Note: Before the Revolution, the representatives in the popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were called burgesses; they are now called delegates. [1913 Webster]

{Burgess oath}. See {Burgher}, 2. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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